While the focus in recent days has been on the chaos at Westminster and uncertainty over the arrangements for the border post-Brexit, violent dissident republicans have been seeking out ways to cause maximum disruption and mayhem in Northern Ireland.
Watching the Conservative Party implode on live television, with a new prime minister witnessing his majority disappearing in front of his eyes, is probably not what the Tory faithful had in mind when they elected Boris Johnson as leader over the summer.
While all eyes are on Westminster and the chaos and drama surrounding Brexit, it is the lack of political activity at Stormont that is causing alarm bells to be sounded over the implications for jobs and the wider economy of Northern Ireland.
Leo Varadkar's description yesterday of the 'volatile and dynamic' situation at Westminster was, if anything, an understatement of the febrile atmosphere in London where the stakes are being raised ever higher as we hurtle towards the October 31 deadline.
All the indications are that we are moving into a defining period during the Brexit crisis, with the motion which the Labour Party is due to publish at Westminster tomorrow perhaps the last chance of avoiding a no deal catastrophe.
During a period when the Brexit crisis has cast an increasingly dark shadow over all parts of Ireland, it is important to recognise the efforts of those who are striving quietly but effectively to reduce tension in key areas.
Despite the contrived cheers of a small group of DUP supporters as the result of the 2016 EU referendum was announced at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, most ordinary citizens only ever regarded the outcome with grim foreboding.
Very few people who have followed the career of Boris Johnson will have been surprised by his enormously hazardous decision yesterday to suspend the Westminster parliament as the Brexit deadline approaches.
Less than four months ago, it emerged that the Department of Health was firmly opposed to proposals that a public inquiry should be held into the unprecedented abuse scandal at Muckamore Abbey in Co Antrim.
Angela Merkel speaking at the meeting of the G7 leaders yesterday described the Amazon as "the lung of our whole earth" when illustrating just how important the region is to the production of oxygen for the world.
Boris Johnson's whirlwind visits to Berlin and Paris did not produce any breakthrough although the British government could hardly have expected the major European leaders to agree that the Irish backstop should be abandoned.